Performers head to school

Fifth annual summer workshops event offers a variety of arts.

Nashville performers Carli

Nashville performers Carli

Young performers in Nanaimo have little in the way of a break from education with the return of Super Summer Workshops.

Hosted by Headliners School for the Performing Arts and teacher and music director Doug Dodd,  the fifth annual workshops cover acting, musical theatre, beatbox, improving musicianship, country music singing and live sound for young performers.

The school received requests from students and parents to continue expanding the successful workshops, so this year includes new innovative and creative programs for youth.

Headliners will be presenting seven different workshops in July and August, the perfect vehicle for young people who want to learn and develop new singing and performance skills while still having fun during the summer holidays.

All courses are taught by industry professionals and each concludes with a concert performance at Headliners.  Registration for each workshop is $285 for 20 hours of instruction per week.

Students signing up for more than one course receive a $50 discount on each additional course. All materials and daily snacks are provided.

New to the faculty are Nashville performing artist’s Carli and Julie Kennedy, teaching a special workshop on contemporary country music singing.

Also returning is teen sensation Alexandria Maillot, teaching a singing workshop along with Dodd. Vancouver Island Star Search winner Mikaila Tombe will be joining them as a guest instructor.

Maillot’s song Revolution was charted in the top 10 in Europe and she will be soon releasing her first CD.

Returning for his second year is multi instrumentalist, composer and music director Nico Rhodes who recently worked on A Closer Walk with Patsy Cline and the hit musical All Shook Up for Chemainus Theatre Festival and Richmond’s Gateway Theatre.

Rhodes will be teaching the Incomplete Musician, a course designed with tips, tricks and methods that make up good musicianship. Joining him will be guitarist and bass player Eugene Burton and drummer James McRae.

Erik Gow will be instructing Acting for the Stage plus a workshop on musical theatre along with Rhodes. Gow is familiar to Nanaimo audiences for his recent performances in Rocky Horror Show, The Full Monty, as well as his extensive work at Bard to Broadway and Chemainus Theatre Festival.

Kyle (VoxMan) Shepard, lead singer with the local band The Big Mess, teaches a new course on the art of beatboxing called The VoxShop. It is one of the fastest growing musical genres.

To complete the summer is a special course on Public Address Set Up and Sound for Musicians taught by Nanaimo sound engineer and performer Wilson Pascoe.

Space is limited, so for course information, dates and registration, please call Dodd at 250-741-8857, or e-mail,, or Manda Chelmak at Headliners School for the Performing Arts, 250-753-2323 or Please type ‘summer workshops’ in subject line.

Headliners School for the Performing Arts is at 165 Fraser St. in Nanaimo. For information, please go to

Just Posted

An event on the lawn of the B.C. legislature in Victoria on Tuesday to remember the 215 children whose remains were confirmed buried in unmarked graves outside a Kamloops residential school. (Greg Sakaki/News Bulletin)
LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Canada’s racist systems cannot ever be forgiven

Teen letter writer from Nunavut calls for truth and reconciliation

Nanaimo is the first city in Canada to subscribe to the Chonolog environment photo-monitoring system, which allow residents to contribute photos of habitat restoration projects that are converted to time lapse sequences showing environmental changes. (Chris Bush/ News Bulletin)
Nanaimo residents invited to be citizen scientists by sharing habitat restoration photos

Nanaimo first city in Canada to sign up for Chronolog environment photo monitoring service

Regional District of Nanaimo is seeking input from the public for its transit redevelopment strategy. (News Bulletin file)
Public input sought as RDN works on transit redevelopment strategy

RDN wants to know where people want bus stops, shelters and pedestrian and cycling connections

Douglas Holmes, current Alberni-Clayoquot Regional District chief administrative officer, is set to take on that position at the Regional District of Nanaimo come late August. (Submitted photo)
Regional District of Nanaimo’s next CAO keen to work on building partnerships

Douglas Holmes to take over top administrator role with RDN this summer

(PQB News file photo)
Fireworks report highlights enforcement challenges for Regional District of Nanaimo

Director: ‘I just think it’s wasting everybody’s time’

Members of the Department of Fisheries and Oceans’ Marine Mammal Response Program rescued an adult humpback what that was entangled in commercial fishing gear in the waters off of Entrance Island on Thursday, June 10. (Photo courtesy Marine Mammal Response Program)
Rescuers free humpback ‘anchored’ down by prawn traps near Nanaimo

Department of Fisheries and Oceans responders spend hours untangling whale

Indigenous Services Minister Marc Miller is seen during a news conference, Wednesday May 19, 2021 in Ottawa. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld
Indigenous child-welfare battle heads to court despite calls for Ottawa to drop cases

Feds are poised to argue against two Canadian Human Rights Tribunal rulings

The Great Ogopogo Bathtub Race has been held in Summerland as a fundraising event. Do you know which Canadian city introduced this sport? (Black Press file photo)
QUIZ: A summer’s day at the water

How much do you know about boats, lakes and water?

Two-year-old Ivy McLeod laughs while playing with Lucky the puppy outside their Chilliwack home on Thursday, June 10, 2021. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress)
VIDEO: B.C. family finds ‘perfect’ puppy with limb difference for 2-year-old Ivy

Ivy has special bond with Lucky the puppy who was also born with limb difference

A million-dollar ticket was sold to an individual in Vernon from the Lotto Max draw Friday, June 11, 2021. (Photo courtesy of BCLC)
Lottery ticket worth $1 million sold in Vernon

One lucky individual holds one of 20 tickets worth $1 million from Friday’s Lotto Max draw

“65 years, I’ve carried the stories in my mind and live it every day,” says Jack Kruger. (Athena Bonneau)
‘Maybe this time they will listen’: Survivor shares stories from B.C. residential school

Jack Kruger, living in Syilx territory, wasn’t surprised by news of 215 children’s remains found on the grounds of the former Kamloops Indian Residential School

A logging truck carries its load down the Elaho Valley near in Squamish, B.C. in this file photo. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chuck Stoody
Squamish Nation calls for old-growth logging moratorium in its territory

The nation says 44% of old-growth forests in its 6,900-square kilometre territory are protected while the rest remain at risk

Flowers and cards are left at a makeshift memorial at a monument outside the former Kamloops Indian Residential School to honour the 215 children whose remains are believed to have been discovered buried near the city in Kamloops, B.C., on Monday, May 31, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
‘Pick a Sunday:’ Indigenous leaders ask Catholics to stay home, push for apology

Indigenous leaders are calling on Catholics to stand in solidarity with residential school survivors by not attending church services

Most Read